Business Briefs

Here are business briefs from around our area, including recognitions and new employees at local businesses.

Harrison Medical Center recognized for its high quality care

Harrison Medical Center was recognized recently for exemplary performance in using practices that improve care for certain conditions by the nation’s leading hospital accreditation commission.

The Joint Commission named Harrison a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures specifically for its quality measures related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. This designation demonstrates Harrison’s continuing commitment to accountability and using proven practices that improve patient care.

“Providing our patients with safe, exceptional care every day is of utmost importance to Harrison,” said Harrison President and CEO Scott Bosch. “This achievement reflects that dedication, and I am very proud of our staff.”

Harrison is among the top third of all The Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the nation who have achieved this recognition. The Joint Commission accredits more than 3,300 hospitals nationwide. Only 10 hospitals in Washington state were named this year as Top Performers on various measures.  The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability data reported to The Joint Commission during 2012.

“Harrison and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission.

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Bremerton-based KPS Health Plans is rated seventh nationwide

KPS Health Plans was recently ranked seventh – out of 191 – on the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2013 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans nationwide.

These ratings reflect the opinions of KPS members, who are also federal workers.

“This year’s results recognize the excellent care and service provided by our dedicated customer service representatives, claims staff, and medical providers that our members have come to expect,” said KPS Health Plans President Jim Page.

Every year KPS Health Plans participates in the CAHPS survey, which informs KPS and the Office of Personnel Management how satisfied members are with the quality of their health care and with their health plan services also provided by KPS.

KPS Health Plans is a nonprofit health carrier based in Bremerton, Wash., KPS was founded in 1946. Although it was acquired by Group Health Cooperative in 2005, KPS still maintains a separate brand in the marketplace. KPS Health Plans offers preferred provider organization (PPO) plans and Medicare supplement plans.

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Liz Bailey joins Windermere Property Management

Windermere Property Management/West Sound has announced that Liz Bailey has joined their Property Management team effective Nov. 1.

Bailey is a Seattle native and has been a Kitsap County resident for more than 30 years. She has a professional background in architecture and has participated in design and construction projects both here and abroad. She also has extensive experience serving as a development consultant to small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Bailey is a member of the Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, an avid horse enthusiast and a member of the Olympic Peninsula Arabian Club.

She is active in both local and global missions outreach projects. She can be reached at 206-910-1800 or at